New International Reader's Version

Psalm 102

Psalm 102

A prayer of a suffering person who has become weak. They pour out their problems to the Lord.

Lord, hear my prayer.
    Listen to my cry for help.
Don’t turn your face away from me
    when I’m in trouble.
Pay attention to me.
    When I call out for help, answer me quickly.

My days are disappearing like smoke.
    My body burns like glowing coals.
My strength has dried up like grass.
    I even forget to eat my food.
I groan out loud because of my suffering.
    I’m nothing but skin and bones.
I’m like a desert owl.
    I’m like an owl among destroyed buildings.
I can’t sleep. I’ve become
    like a bird alone on a roof.
All day long my enemies laugh at me.
    Those who make fun of me use my name as a curse.
I eat ashes as my food.
    My tears fall into what I’m drinking.
10 You were very angry with me.
    So you picked me up and threw me away.
11 The days of my life are like an evening shadow.
    I dry up like grass.

12 But Lord, you are seated on your throne forever.
    Your fame will continue for all time to come.
13 You will rise up and show deep concern for Zion.
    The time has come for you to help Zion.
14 The stones of your destroyed city are priceless to us.
    Even its dust brings deep concern to us.
15 The nations will worship the Lord.
    All the kings on earth will respect his glorious power.
16 The Lord will build Zion again.
    He will appear in his glory.
17 He will answer the prayer of those who don’t have anything.
    He won’t say no to their cry for help.

18 Let this be written down for those born after us.
    Then people who are not yet born can praise the Lord.
19 Here is what should be written.
    “The Lord looked down from his temple in heaven.
    From heaven he viewed the earth.
20 He heard the groans of the prisoners.
    He set free those who were sentenced to death.”
21 So people will talk about him in Zion.
    They will praise him in Jerusalem.
22 Nations and kingdoms
    will gather there to worship the Lord.

23 When I was still young, he took away my strength.
    He wasn’t going to let me live much longer.
24 So I said, “My God, don’t let me die in the middle of my life.
    You will live for all time to come.
25 In the beginning you made the earth secure.
    You placed it on its foundations.
    Your hands created the heavens.
26 They will pass away. But you will remain.
    They will all wear out like a piece of clothing.
You will make them like clothes
    that are taken off and thrown away.
27 But you remain the same.
    Your years will never end.
28 Our children will live with you.
    Their sons and daughters will be safe in your care.”

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 102

Aberante mmɔborɔni mpaebɔ

1Tie me mpaebɔ, O Awurade, na tie me sufrɛ na boa me. Sɛ mewɔ ɔhaw mu a, nnan w’akyi nkyerɛ me! Tie me na sɛ mefrɛ a, gye me so ntɛm! Me nkwa reyera te sɛ wusiw; me nipadua rehyew te sɛ ogya. Meretwintwam sɛ sare a awo. Me kɔn nnɔ aduan. Mepene dennen. Menyɛ hwee sɛ honam ne nnompe. Mete sɛ wuram anomaa a ɔwɔ sare so. Mete sɛ ɔpatu a wɔagyaw no amamfo so. Meda hɔ a, m’ani gu so. Mete sɛ anomaa koro a osi ɔdan bi atifi.

Daa m’atamfo kasa tia me. Wɔn a wodi me ho fɛw bɔ me din de dome me. Esiane w’abufuw nti, nso ne m’aduan na me nusu fra nea menom mu. 10 Womaa me so tow me kyenee. 11 Me nkwa te sɛ anwummere sunsuma; mete sɛ sare a awo 12 nanso, wo Awurade, woyɛ ɔhene daa daa. Nkyirimma nyinaa bɛkae wo.

13 Wobɛsɔre na woahu Sion mmɔbɔ; bere adu sɛ wuhu no mmɔbɔ; bere pa no ni. 14 W’asomfo dɔ no a ɛmfa ho sɛ wɔasɛe no; wohu no mmɔbɔ a ɛmfa ho sɛ wadan amamfo. 15 Aman besuro Awurade; ahene a wɔwɔ asase so nyinaa besuro ne tumi. 16 Sɛ Awurade san kyekye Sion a, ɔbɛda ne kɛseyɛ adi.

17 Obetie ne nkurɔfo a wagyaw wɔn no na watie wɔn mpaebɔ. 18 Kyerɛw nhoma a Awurade ayɛ no gu hɔ ma nkyirimma sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wɔn a wonnya nwoo wɔn no bɛkamfo no. 19 Awurade hwɛɛ fam fi ne kronkronbea wɔ soro hɔ; ɔhwɛ fi soro besii asase so. 20 Ɔtee ɔpene a nneduafo pene na ɔma wogyaa wɔn a wɔabu wɔn kumfɔ no. 21 Enti wɔbɛpae mu abɔ ne din wɔ Sion na wɔakamfo no wɔ Yerusalem, 22 bere a aman ne ahemman behyiam na wɔasom Awurade no.

23 Awurade ama me ayɛ mmerɛw wɔ bere a minnyinii. Watew me nkwa nna so. 24 O Onyankopɔn, mfa me mprempren a minnyinii yi. O Awurade, wote hɔ daa daa. 25 Tete no, wobɔɔ asase na wode wo nsa yɛɛ ɔsoro. 26 Wɔn nyinaa bɛyera nanso ɛbɛka wo. Wɔn nyinaa bɛtetew te sɛ ntamagow. Wobɛtow wɔn agu sɛ ntamagow na wɔayera. 27 Nanso wote sɛnea wote. Wo nkwa to ntwa da.

28 Yɛn mma bɛtena ase a hwee nyɛ wɔn wɔ wo banbɔ ase, na wɔn asefo nso benya guankɔbea.